Wild Scottish Island Exploration and Adventures 2017

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE220717 Sat 22 July (16.00am) Fri 28 July (10.00am) Oban Oban 7 £850 Book voyage »

Please note: all of Bessie Ellen and Johanna Lucretia’s bookings are now handled by Nikki’s own agency, VentureSail Holidays. By clicking ‘Book voyage’ you will be taken to a VentureSail booking form in order to secure your berths.


Sailing is the perfect way to visit the spectacular Western Isles. As the days get longer the birds and marine life start to breed in the sheltered waters of the Minch. Our voyage will use the wind to sail out beyond Mull to explore the dramatic Small Isles or the more sheltered Hebridean Isles of Iona and Colonsay among others

  • seal relaxing in Scotland
  • Bessie Ellen in Scotland
  • Scottish sunset on board Bessie Ellen

Voyage Description

Aboard your home, Bessie Ellen you will spend a week wandering under sail, seeking out the best wildlife locations to achieve the best chance of spotting whales, dolphins, eagles and hopefully otter. You will explore tiny uninhabited islands and forage for food on the rocky shores.

Along with the exceptional scenery, I will show you the ropes and encourage you to enjoy sailing as it should be – no pressure, just sheer enjoyment of working a wind driven ship.

And of course the entertainment is as you make it – we have a fantastic chef who conjures up dishes using local ingredients and after dinner you can play one of the ships instruments ( guitar or tambourine!), sing songs or play a hand of cards. A really simple way to achieve a 100% relaxing holiday.


From my past experience, May is the definitive month for the most sightings of whales. This includes Minke and Orca. Its perhaps early for a basking shark but will depend on the weather at the time.

Sea birds have come in to the coasts to breed and the most popular is the Puffin – we will endeavour to get you ashore to walk among them as they collect sand eels and prepare for nesting in their burrows.

Rum and Mull are certainly eagle country and out at sea there should be both Atlantic common and bottlenose dolphin.

  • Seal in Scotland
  • Dolphins in Scotland

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